Scientists Hope An AIDS Vaccine Lies In Llamas

The cute Andean animal’s antibodies are nearly 100 percent effective in stopping the deadly virus from spreading, researchers say.


LIMA, Peru — Fluffy, photogenic and super hardy at altitude, llamas have it all. They’re ideal for schlepping backpackers’ luggage over the high Andes or as a picturesque companion for that once-in-a-lifetime Machu Picchu selfie. But now they may have an addition to their list of undoubted qualities: Llamas appear to be immune to AIDS and

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Zimbabwe’s Children Are The Battlefield In War To Contain HIV/AIDS

Figures show that thousands of children in Zimbabwe are infected with HIV – presenting a major battlefield for government efforts to defeat the spread of HIV /AIDS nationwide.


  Many children under 15 in Zimbabwe discover their HIV status only when they fall critically ill later in life. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Fifty-one-year-old Mateline Msipa is living with HIV. Her 17-year-old daughter, born after Msipa was diagnosed with the virus, may also have it, but she has never been tested. “My

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HIV Detected In Previously “Cured” “Mississippi Baby”

«Scientifically, this development reminds us that we still have much more to learn about the intricacies of HIV infection and where the virus hides in the body,” researcher says.

AP Was There - AIDS Cause

Eighteen months ago, a then-two-year-old child offered the first true glimmer of hope in eradicating HIV in children. Following an abnormal and accelerated treatment regimen in which the baby -- who had not been diagnosed with HIV at the time, but was suspected of carrying the virus because her mother had been HIV-positive during the pregnancy

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Congress Says “No” To VA Doctors’ Abilities To Recommend Pot To Vets

Military veterans seeking medical marijuana treatment for their ailments, including PTSD, must still find medical help outside of the VA. An amendment focused on changing that failed by a vote of 195 to 222 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday evening almost 200 members of U.S. Congress, including 22 Republicans, voted in favor of an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014, that would have allowed physicians employed by the Veterans Health Administration to recommend the use of medical marijuana to those

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Crimea Side-Effect: Addicts Deprived Of Methadone

Across the Black Sea peninsula, some 800 heroin addicts and other needle-drug users take part in methadone programs — seen as an important part of efforts to curb HIV infections by taking the patients away from hypodermic needles that can spread the AIDS-causing virus.

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — Every morning, Sergei Kislov takes the bus to the rundown outskirts of this port city for the methadone doses that keep him off heroin without suffering withdrawal. Now that Russia has taken over Crimea, the trips are about to end. "For a month and a half I won't be able to sit or sleep or eat," Kislov said. "It's a

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HIV/AIDS Cure May Be Found In Marijuana: Study

“It is even more evidence of our need for the government to stop punishing patients for using this relatively safe and non-toxic treatment method … «

Curtis Rood,36, a Cohen House resident with limited mobility, smokes marijuana with the assistance of another resident on Sunday, Nov. 30,1997 in San Francisco. Cohen House provides an assisted living environment for individuals with the AIDS virus. Most of the residents use marijuana for its medicine benefits in alleviating nausua, pain, and helping to stimulate the appetite. Curtis' parrot and self proclaimed best friend, Kona, rests on his shoulder while in the backyard of Cohen House. (AP photo/Julie Stupsker)

For years, many Americans with HIV/AIDS have used medical marijuana to relieve some common symptoms associated with the illness such as nausea, vomiting and appetite loss. Now, a new study published last week in the journal AIDS Researcher and Human Retroviruses found that a daily dosage of marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol,

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